American Institute of Indian Studies 

Language Fellowships

Deadline: December 31, 2018 The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2019 and academic year 2019-2020 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS or other funding if available at their institutions to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure their own funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee's ranking of the applicants. AIIS will award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year and fall semester students, which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS offers Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall, although fellowships would only be available for students who will have had the equivalent of two years of prior language study by the beginning of the program.AIIS will offer funding to masters students to complete a capstone project of their choosing upon completion of the summer program. There will also be a special Mughal Persian archives workshop at the end of the summer 2019 Mughal Persian program in Lucknow. The application deadline is December 31, 2018.  Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:


Blakemore Freeman Language Fellowship

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

 The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines. (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply. 

See website for this year's deadline.

For more information, click here.

Buddhist East Asia: The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics (Summer Program)

This multidisciplinary program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will offer four weeks of context-rich engagement with Buddhist teachings, practices and primary texts (in translation), examining how they have shaped and been shaped by the cultures and societies of East Asia. The program will consider how Buddhism addressed both personal and social needs in ways that were inseparable from the dynamics of intellectual exchange, artistic production, trade and politics. Designed to strike a balance between the needs both for breadth and depth in engaging traditions that are culturally and historically distant, Buddhist East Asia will provide abundant resources for developing pedagogically-effective course materials across a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. Applications will be welcomed from eligible fulltime and adjunct faculty, as well as qualified graduate students. Participants will receive a stipend of $3300 to defray costs for travel, housing, meals and incidentals. Lodging will be available at the East-West Center guesthouse, Lincoln Hall. Application deadline: March 1, 2018. Contact Email:

Deadline has passed, see website for next year's information.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

This year, there are over 50 awards available for those interested in East Asia and Pacific, and South and Central Asia Region Studies. Included are All Discipline awards, offered in all regions of the world welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today's scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the program, including:

Fulbright Flex Awards,
Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards
and Teaching English as a Foreign Language

See website for this year's application deadline.

The Inter-University Center (IUC)

The Inter-University Center (IUC) is an advanced Japanese language school located in Yokohama, Japan, with an administrative office housed at Stanford University. The IUC’s language and fellowship programs are intended for students who are embarking on careers in Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The programs are designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use.

The IUC is governed by a consortium of 16 North American universities. The IUC offers several student programs each year: the 10-month program (45-60 graduate students and recent B.A.’s, including 20 graduate students who participate in The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program), the Summer Program (35-45 undergraduate and graduate students), the Summer Intensive Kanbun Program (6-8 students), and the IUC Professional Tutorials (year-round tutorials).

The Managing Director (Academic Program Professional 3) plays a key leadership role in these programs, including strategic planning, financial analysis, development (including identifying funding and grant opportunities), external relations, and overseeing program administration. The Managing Director serves as an ex officio member of the IUC Leadership Board, and works closely with consortium members, faculty, fellows, the IUC Leadership Board, the fellowship and student programs administrator, and other staff. The Managing Director will supervise one staff member (IUC Program Manager) at Stanford and, in partnership with the Resident Director in Yokohama, oversee the local Yokohama Center and its staff.

For more information, please visit
Program flyer available here.
Nippon Foundation Fellows Program information available here.

Global Initiatives Scholarship

The Global Initiatives Fund provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students engaging one of the Program’s core values, a global experience. The Global Initiatives Fund supports study abroad activities, global seminars, language programs, research abroad, and other activities in places like Israel, Turkey, Germany, Scotland, and elsewhere related to educational activities in Jewish Studies.

Graduate Submission Guidelines:

Graduate students apply for this scholarship in the Spring. Applications should be submitted through CU Boulder's Scholarship Application in MyCUInfo (Financial Aid tab < Apply for Scholarships < Search "Global Initiatives Scholarship") by the deadline and include the following information:

  • CV
  • a statement of purpose of up to 500 words addressing how the research abroad or non-CU language study program in question supports studies at CU Boulder and Jewish Studies
  • an estimated budget (including expenses and revenues), and the total financial request, including information on additional funding sources applied for or pending
  • a letter of support from an advisor or other faculty member.
    • In the electronic application, applicants will enter the name and email of their recommender, who will receive an automated email request and link to submit their letter. Please request your letter from your recommender in advance. Recommendation letters must be received by the deadline.

Graduate Submission Deadline: March 19, 2018  This year's deadline has passed. See Website for next year's application deadline.

Japan America Society of Colorado Scholarship
JASC Rikai / 理解 Scholarship

The staff and Board of Directors of Japan American Society of Colorado recognize the great value in a quality study abroad experience. Through this scholarship, we hope to make this experience a reality for one Colorado university student per year.  The word "rikai" or 理解 means understanding.  It is through personal connections that we can truly understand one another.


  • permanent residents of the State of Colorado
  • currently attending a degree granting, accredited university in the State of Colorado
  • enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • accepted into a university-supported exchange program in Japan OR a qualified third-party partner program that can be verified by your home university for the Fall 2018, Spring 2019 semester or full 2018-19 academic year; the study abroad program must be for one academic quarter, semester or year


In 2018-19, JASC will grant $3000 to one qualified applicant. The scholarship amount will be re-evaluated on an annual basis by the JASC Finance Committee, therefore the amount may change from year to year.


The scholarship recipient may use the scholarship for travel and living expenses related to a University sponsored study abroad program.


May 30, 2018 for any study abroad program to take place during the 2018-19 academic year; any applications received after midnight (Mountain Time) will not be considered.


Interested applicants are asked to fill out the "Basic Information Form" below AND submit the following documents to scholarship@jascolorado.orgwith the subject line "2018 JASC Rikai Scholarship"

  1. Essay (see below)
  2. Short answers (see below)
  3. Letter of support from a faculty advisor, university counselor, study abroad officer or other appropriate university employee
  4. Proof of acceptance into a study abroad program for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or 2018-19 academic year
  5. Approximate/ Estimated budget for your travel abroad program and if applicable, include a statement of financial need (not required for eligibility)

Essay: Use the below quote as inspiration to talk about your decision to study abroad in Japan. What do you hope to bring back from your experience? Your answer is limited to 2 single-sided pages, 11pt font, double spaced. 

"It's not just about whether you can compete with your peers in other countries to make America stronger. It's also about whether you can come together and work together with them to make our world stronger. It's about the friendships you make, the bonds of trust you establish and the image of America that you project to the rest of the world." -Michelle Obama

Short Answers: Please provide answers to the following questions. (Maximum 250 words each.)

  1. What will you study in Japan and why?
  2. What will this scholarship allow you to do in Japan that you might not otherwise be able to do?
  3. What other sources of funding do you have or expect to have for this experience?


  • May 30, 2018- Application deadline; all documents must be received by midnight
  • June 30, 2018- Notification of successful scholarship recipient
  • July 30, 2018- Acceptance of Scholarship form must be returned to JASC (email attachment is acceptable). Funds will be disbursed to the scholarship recipient's home university (on behalf of the student) upon JASC's receipt of the Acceptance of Scholarship form.

This scholarship competition is held annually. For more information, please visit

Japan-America Student Conference (JASC)

Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) Applications for the 71st Japan-America Student Conference | Deadline: Rolling until January 27, 2019. Founded in 1934, the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is the first and oldest student exchange between the U.S. and Japan. While the relationship between these two countries has evolved dramatically since the Conference's first gathering, its mission has remained unchanged: to promote peace through people-to-people diplomacy and empower the next generation of U.S.-Asia leaders by facilitating an open exchange of perspectives.  The 71st JASC will bring together Japanese and American college students from a variety of academic disciplines to travel to four sites in Japan. Participants, referred to as "delegates", will travel and live together for three weeks. Over the course of the Conference, students will conduct peer-reviewed research, participate in cultural field trips, and engage in discussions on a number of timely sociopolitical issues, all while building lifelong friendships. For questions or additional information, please visit the 71st JASC website or email

Japan-America Society Scholarship Program

In 2014, The Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. established the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarships to support short-term academic study (one semester or one academic year) at colleges and universities in Japan. 

The scholarship may be used for any combination of tuition and other academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation (including internal Japan travel), and other approved expenses.

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
  • Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan as a full-time foreign exchange student for either one semester or one academic year
  • Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant's home college or university in the US
  • Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
  • May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

In reviewing applications, the JASW Scholarship Committee will give priority and preference to applicants who can demonstrate a combination of any of the following factors:

  • Are legal residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (i.e., you may be studying at a college or university anywhere in the US, but your home/parents' home is in DC, MD, VA)
  • Are members or are children of members of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have interned with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have volunteered with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have participated in the National Japan Bowl®
  • Have studied and/or are currently studying the Japanese language
  • Have studied and/or are currently taking academic courses on Japanese history, culture, society, politics, arts, literature, etc.
  • Have participated in extra-curricular activities related to Japan outside the academic classroom (for example, ikebana, tea ceremony, or Japanese cooking lessons; Japanese martial arts; Japan culture clubs, etc.) 

This scholarship competition is held annually. For more information, please visit

Japanese Early-modern Palaeography Program, Cambridge

We are delighted to announce that the Fifth Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from Monday 6 August to Saturday 18 August 2018 at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK).

We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is 9 February 2018. This year's application deadline has passed, please see website for next year's application information.

Please visit:

For the 2018 summer school:

Contents of the Summer School

As always our Graduate Summer School focuses on Edo-period materials. Our sustained work in teaching what we call holistic wahon literacy  総合的な和本リテラシー  has resulted in a programme that works very effectively. In the seventy-two hours of tuition that we offer, we devote roughly the same amount of hours to the three linguistic/palaeographic areas of wabun in cursive (kuzushiji and hentaigana), kanbun in non-cursive and sōrōbun in cursive. We also actively encourage participants to explore research questions in the field of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

The programme also includes:

- Sessions with the London-based calligraphy master Yukiko Ayres. These sessions, specially designed to enhance your reading abilities by writing cursive kanji and kana, have proved to be very helpful.

- Lectures from specialists in the areas of textual bibliography and palaeography complement the core tuition.

- A special project that allows participants to transcribe and translate excerpts from primary sources help at the Cambridge University Library. The results are published with the names of the participants on the webpage of the Cambridge University Library.

- A visit to the collection of Edo-period materials at the Cambridge University Library.

You can read more about our teaching philosophy in the forthcoming number of the journal Shomotsugaku 書物学 no.9, October 2016.

The theme of this year summer school is Daily life in Edo-period Japan  江戸時代の庶民生活 (II). As every year we cover new materials, so that returning participants can benefit as well.

Listen to what the participants of previous years have said:

Learning outcomes
It is more and more the case that positions at academic institutions, libraries and museums require palaeographic knowledge at some level. Our Graduate Summer School is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to tackle a wide range of early-modern primary sources in their original format by yourself and, therefore, to be competitive in this kind of job opportunities.

With us:

  • You become familiar with the variety of palaeographic challenges that characterize the wide range of Edo-period primary sources.
  • You learn effective techniques to master kuzushiji and hentaigana.
  • You gain a firm grasp of how cursive sōrōbun works in archival materials and develop strategies to decode these texts.
  • You are exposed to the importance of kanbun in reading Edo-period sources and learn specific ways to read these sources.
  • You are encouraged to identify research topics in the area of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

Who can apply?
As in the previous years, we welcome graduate students (both at the Master and at the PhD level), faculty, librarians and museum curators who work on Edo-period materials, and final-year undergraduate students interested in pursuing the study of early-modern Japan in grad school. Those who have already taken part in the previous Graduate Summer Schools are encouraged to reapply if they wish to do so. The programme changes every year.

We require that you have:

1. Advanced knowledge of modern Japanese (both written and spoken).

2. Solid knowledge of classical Japanese (bungo).

Acceptance to the programme
We can only accept between 20 and 30 participants every year. If we receive applications beyond this number a selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the Graduate Summer School to the applicant’s research and work. Notification about whether an applicant has been accepted or not will be sent at the end of February 2018. If you need a visa or if you are applying for funding in your institution, we are happy to write a letter of invitation. Just let us know with plenty of notice.

Tuition fees
The tuition fee for the whole programme is £200.We ask that a non-refundable deposit of £100 is paid by 1 June 2018. The remaining £100 will need to be paid by 31 July 2018 and cannot be returned after that date. Information about how to pay will follow in an email sent to those who have been accepted in the programme.All payments are done online via a secure system administered by the University of Cambridge.

Participants are very welcome (but not obliged, of course!) to stay at Emmanuel College for the duration of the Graduate Summer School. This year we can offer the rate £30 per night (en-suite single room, no breakfast in the second week as the college kitchens are closed).

Double rooms are also available at a higher price. Please note that children are not admitted in college.

As the programme starts on Monday 6 August, 9am, you are required to arrive in Cambridge on Sunday 5 August 2018.

Financial contribution
Modest funds might be available to assist students (final-year undergraduate and graduate students) coming from institutions unable to offer support and with no other source of funding available. If you apply for funding, you will be requested to submit your CV and one letter of reference. If we receive applications exceeding the available funding, a process of screening will be put in place.

To apply

To apply please submit the application form that you find online at:

As indicated above, the deadline for submitting your application is 9 February 2018.

Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs

This program is designed to give scholars, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to carry out research in Japan. All research and doctoral projects should be substantially related to Japan in the humanities, social sciences, and/or comparative research.

Category of Programs:

  • Doctoral Fellowship: For doctoral candidates to conduct research in Japan for 4-12 months.

Benefits include airfare, insurance, settling in and departure allowance, monthly stipend, dependent allowance, enrollment fees (may vary depending on program).

Application Deadline: November 1 (annually).

For more information, please visit

The Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Grants

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. Click on one of the links below for information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form.

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2017. Application deadline has passed. Please see website for this year's apploication information.

For more information, please visit this link

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)
There are twelve (12) openings available for MOE HES 2018-2019. Each applicant may select from the following durations: 2 months (limited to 2018 summer courses), 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months. Eligible applicants from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are welcome to submit applications.
1. Applicants must be American nationals, above the age of eighteen (18), with a high school diploma or higher degree, must have excellent academic records, and must be of good moral character.
2.  Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:
˙ overseas Chinese or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);
˙ students who are currently registered at any universities/colleges or enrolled in Mandarin language training programs in Taiwan;
˙ individuals who have received an MOE HES or MOE Taiwan Scholarship in the past;
˙ exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges;
˙ individuals who are currently receiving financial benefits from the Taiwanese government or any educational institutions in Taiwan.
1.  Each applicant must select the duration of the scholarship for which they will apply. Study period may vary based on the duration selected, as described below:
Scholarship Duration
Study Period
2 months
Limited to summer courses from June to July, 2018 or from July to August, 2018
3 months
Courses between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 (2018 academic year)
6 months
9 months
12 months
Courses from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019 (2018 academic year)
2. The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston reserves the right to decide the duration of scholarship for successful candidates.
Award Value
1. Each scholarship recipient will receive monthly stipends of 25,000 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) in conjunction with the duration of scholarship approved.
2.  The foreign exchange rate from USD to NTD is estimated at 1 to 30. The actual exchange rate is subject to currency fluctuations.
1.          Required documents:
˙a completed HES Application Form 2018-2019, signed and dated by the applicant
˙a photocopy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant
˙a photocopy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained and original academic transcripts from that institution.Note: Transcripts must be sealed and signed/stamped by the institutions that issue the documents. Transcripts that are issued by international educational institutions must be presented in English language and authenticated by an overseas Representative Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
˙proof of application to language centers in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form, a notice or e-mail from the language centers acknowledging their receipt of the application, etc.)
˙two letters of recommendation, sealed and signed by the writers
˙original Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program Terms of Agreement, signed and dated by the applicant
2.          Submission:
˙Applications will be accepted between February 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018. Application deadline has passed, please see website for future opportunities.
˙Applicants must directly apply for admission to language centers on the List of Language Center. Proof of application for admission to language centers is required for the HES application.
˙Applications must be sent to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2018 at:
Attn: HES
Education Division of TECO in Houston
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
˙All HES applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018 of the selection results.
˙Successful candidates must submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center by June 30, 2018.
˙Two-month scholarship applicants MUST submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center upon their application for the HES.
3.          Program contact:
Education Division of Taipei Economy and Cultural Office in Houston
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
Telephone: 713-871-0851
1. Applications are considered complete when all of the aforementioned Required Documents have been submitted. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.
2. Documents will be reviewed during the preliminary selection process and interviews with qualified candidates via internet or telephone may be required for the final selection process.
3. Late applications will not be considered for the selection.
Other Regulations


1. The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.
2. For further details on the regulations for HES, please refer to the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) International Student Directions (EN).

For more information, please see here:

The Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore

The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of the American Folklore Society is proud to present the Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore. The award aims to foster and promote graduate and undergraduate students in the early stages of their careers, encourage advanced scholarly research and publication on Asian and/or Asian American folklore subjects, and support AFS members who want to participate more actively in the Society. The $500 prize winner will be announced at the AFS annual meeting for the best student paper that contributes to Asian and/or Asian American folklore studies through research and analysis.  It is expected that the award recipient will present his/her paper at the AFS annual conference.
The co-conveners of the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section will form the committee, together with three additional members, including Dr. Nora Yeh who sponsors this award, to select the paper. At the time of submission, the applicant must be a registered full-time graduate or undergraduate student. He or she may be enrolled in any discipline in any U.S. or international academic institution. The work must show compelling prospects for the publication of his or her scholarly work and demonstrate a dedication to research and/or teaching folklore studies. All applications must include a one-page cover letter describing the applicant's background and current activities, indicating why the applicant deserves consideration for this award; a one-page CV; a 10-12 page research paper, double-spaced (approximately 2500 words); and one letter of recommendation from an academic institution or equivalent, sent under separate cover (e-mail attachments are acceptable).
Please send all materials via e-mail to:
Dr. Fariha Khan
Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania
166 McNeil Bldg., 3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.
Deadline is June 15. The prize will be awarded at the AFS annual meeting.
For more about the award and the section, please see:

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants | Deadline: November 7, 2018 Predissertation travel grants provide funding for graduate students to explore venues, make preliminary research arrangements, and gain advice from Chinese scholars that prepares for research in China. Application essays must provide the rationale for the proposed travel agenda. The essay should provide a plan for the time in China, identifying the individuals, institutions, and sites to be visited. Inclusion of correspondence with potential contacts in China is desirable. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Stipends may be used for costs associated with travel to China: air and ground transportation, visas and living expenses. Selection Criteria • The research design and intellectual organization of the dissertation  project, and its significance to the field of China studies; • The suitability of the proposed visit to China to prepare for dissertation research in archives or at field sites; • The academic potential of the applicant; and • The feasibility of the plan of work for the proposed visit to China. For inquiries, please email Before making inquiries, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For more information, please visit

Middlebury Summer Program Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in Study of Critical Languages

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace. The fellowship will cover the full cost of one summer of language study (tuition, room, and board) from the beginner to the graduate level in any of six languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. The deadline to apply is January of the previous year.  For more information, click here.

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students: 46% of summer 2011 language schools students received a financial aid award, and the average award granted was approximately $5,086. Visit their website for more on financial aid. Other scholarships and fellowships are available and can be found here.

Middlebury's Arabic and Japanese programs take place exclusively at our west coast site at Mills College in Oakland, California. Visit their informative site for more on Middlebury at Mills. Spanish and French are available at both Mills College and Middlebury College. All other languages will be at the Middlebury College campus in Vermont. For complete information on all ten language schools programs and to apply online, click here.

Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
  • have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation.
  • be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.
  • seek to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the United States, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC).

For more application information visit the CAORC site here.

Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at!  

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

·         An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018

·         Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2019.

·         Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.

·         Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.

·         Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility requirements 

·         U.S. citizenship

·         Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution

·         Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

Application Deadline
September 21, 2017 Application deadline has passed. Please see website for updated program information.
Program Contact
202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002  

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

For more information, please visit

CU students who are interested in applying need to contact Deborah Viles at

SSRC InterAsia Program

The SSRC's InterAsia Program, launched in 2008, challenges the implications and limitations of the Asia construct by promoting frameworks and concepts for a new generation of scholarship that reconceptualizes Asia as a dynamic and interconnected formation spanning Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East (including Turkey), and Russia. Through collaborative research, scholarly networking, and public policy connections, we move beyond the territorial fixities of area-studies research without discounting the importance of contextually grounded, place-based knowledge. A grants program for junior scholars carries this new paradigm forward. Thematic emphases, while evolving, have included religious networks, old histories / new geographies, migration and circulation, security and insecurity, and transformations in a rapidly globalizing world.

For more information on the Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellowship, please visit the website here.

Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship

Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship: Application Deadline - February 15, 2018 by 11:59 EST Application deadline has passed. Please see website for next year's application deadline.

The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 

The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice.  The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.

For more information on the scholarship's establishment, please read the press release.

For the 2017-18 school year, scholarships will support Japanese undergraduate/graduate students studying abroad in the United States. We fully expect to begin supporting American undergraduate students studying in Japan starting in 2018-19 year. 



We will be holding virtual information sessions for interested U.S. and Japanese applicants as well as university/college administrators in early December. Please see the dates below:

U.S. Applicants:

  • Wednesday Dec.6th @ 6PM EST
  • Monday Dec 11th @ 3PM EST

Japanese applicants:

  • Saturday Dec. 9th @ 10AM JST
  • Saturday Dec. 16th@10AM JST


  • Wednesday Dec. 13th @ 9:30AM JST (Japan admins)
  • Wednesday Dec. 13th @ 4PM EST (US admins)

For more information on the virtual information session, please see this flier. Sign up here for the December Virtual information sessions!
Sessions will last about 40 minutes and will be conducted mostly in English. 


The scholarship will be awarded to Japanese students who meet the following criteria:

Demonstrated Financial need
Will be enrolled in a credit-bearing course of study in a higher educational institution outside Japan (home school)
Japanese students accepted by U.S. school under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement with their home school
Preference will be given to applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents


All students must complete an online-application using the scholarship portal, which can be accessed here. The following materials comprise the materials that must be submitted in application for the scholarship.

Application Form
Personal statement essay – applicant will write an essay choosing from two prompts
Resume –  applicant must submit western-style resume in English
Letter of Recommendation –  from someone who can speak to applicants’ potential
Study Abroad Advisor Certification letter – this document will confirm the cost for study abroad
Financial Aid Advisor Certification letter – to illustrate the applicants need
Academic transcript (optional)


January 1– February 15 → open application period
February 15 – March 31 → Evaluation of applications
April 3 – 7 →  Notification of successful applicants
May 15  →  Acceptance deadline
July 1 – September 15 → Scholarship disbursement period

Taiwan Scholarship 2018


The purpose of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Taiwan Scholarship is to encourage outstanding American students and individuals to pursue degree programs in the Republic of China (Taiwan).


There are eight (8) openings available for the MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2018-2019. Eligible individuals from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are welcome to submit applications.


1.        Applicants must be American nationals with a high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), have excellent academic records and be of good moral character.

2.        Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:

l overseas Chinese students or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);

l students who are currently registered or have obtained student status at any universities/colleges in Taiwan (graduating students pursuing further studies are exempt from this rule);

l students who have studied in Taiwan for the same level of a degree program as the one they intend to enroll;

l exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges;

l individuals who have been recipients of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship for over a total of five (5) years;

l individuals who have, in the past, had their MOE Taiwan Scholarship or MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) revoked;

l recipients of any other scholarship or subsidy funded by the Taiwan government or educational institutions in Taiwan. However, this does not include preferential prices offered by universities/colleges to cover tuition and other fees exceeding this scholarship limit.

3.        Applicants should apply directly for admission within the application periods specified by each university/college.

Duration and Limits

1.        The maximum scholarship duration on each degree level for each recipient is as the following:

               (1)     Four (4) years for bachelor’s degree programs

               (2)     Two (2) years for master’s degree programs

               (3)     Four (4) years for doctoral programs

2.        The total length of the scholarship duration for each recipient is limited to five (5) years in a combination of different degree levels.

3.        The scholarship award period for each academic year is from September 1 to August 31 of the following year.

Award Value

The MOE provides each recipient of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship with the following:

1.   Tuition and fees: Upon validation of tuition and fees, the MOE will pay up to 40,000 New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) each semester for each recipient. Should the total amount of tuition and fees exceed 40,000 NTD, the remainder of all costs shall be covered by the recipient.Tuition and fees do not include any of the following: administrationfees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, orinternet access, all of which are must be paid by the recipients.

2.    Subsistence allowance: The MOE will provide each recipientundertaking undergraduate studies with a monthly stipend of 15,000 NTD; it will provide each recipient undertaking postgraduate studieswith a monthly stipend of 20,000 NTD.


1.         Required documents:

              (1)      A completed Taiwan Scholarship Application Form 2018-2019;

              (2)      A copy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant;

              (3)      A copy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained;

              (4)      Original academic transcripts (sealed) from the institution that the applicant obtained his/her highest degree;

              (5)      Proof of application for admission to universities/colleges in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form(s), etc.)*The name of the school(s) and degree program(s) must be specified in those documents;

              (6)      A copy of the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) certificate of Level 3 or above. All-English taught programs applicants may be exempt from this requirement;

              (7)      Two letters of recommendation from school principals, professors, academic counselors, or supervisors;

              (8)      Statement of Purpose; and

              (9)      Terms of Agreement for the Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship Program (signed and dated by the applicant).

Note: The required documents will NOT be returned to applicants.

2.         Submission (*Late applications will NOT be considered for the selection):

               (1)     Applications must be submitted between February 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018. Application deadline has passed, please see website for next year's application information.

               (2)     Application packages must be addressed to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2018:

Attn: Scholarship Program

   The Education Division of TECO in Houston

   11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012

   Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.

              (3)      All MOE Taiwan Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018 and selected candidates must submit only one copy of an admission letter issued by one university/college to the e-mail:houston@moetw.orgby June 30, 2018.

3.         Program contact:


The Education Division of TECO in Houston

11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012

Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.

Telephone: (713)871-0851



Selection Criteria

1.    Recipients’ academic goals should reflect an interest in the development of the industry, economy, and education of Taiwan.

2.    Recipients should possess an outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate Grade Point Average (GPA).

3.    Priority will be given to applicants with a TOCFL certificate of Level 3 or above.

4.    Applications must be completed with all the required documents attached. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.

5.    Interviews with qualified candidates in person or via internet/telephone may be required for the final selection process.

Other Regulations

1.    The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.

2.    For other regulations in association with the MOE Taiwan Scholarship, please refer to the Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions for details. 


For more information, please see here:

University of Chicago Library Travel Grants

The Center for East Asian Studies’ Japan, China and Korean Studies Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research in Japan, China and Korean Studies. Priority consideration is given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby.

There will be a limited number of grants available each year, of up to $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research. Rolling applications are accepted each year.

For more information, please visit or contact CEAS at

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Chinese and Japanese graduate programs at CU have been selected for inclusion in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Through the WRGP, graduate students who are residents of 15 participating states may enroll in certain distinctive programs at public institutions on an in-state resident tuition basis. The following states currently participate in the WRGP: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. If you are currently a non-resident of Colorado, believe you are eligible and would like to apply for the WRGP benefit, answer 'yes' to the WRGP question in the Supplemental Information section of the online application, or email, Tuition Classification Officer, in the Registrar's office. Click here for more information about the WRGP.

WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute

The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Japanese and Chinese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day.

This program is designed to train students to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce students to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency. Students will not only learn to speak the language; they will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach students not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully in Chinese or Japanese culture—to present yourself as an intelligent person in the culture using the language. Students will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations.

Scholarships are available to qualified students.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; apply immediately. Scholarships under consideration now.

For more information please visit:

Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA)

On behalf of the Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA), I am pleased to announce the KCCNA Research Travel Grants for 2019.  Please distribute widely to your students and colleagues who may not be members of this list. For those who are unable to apply online, please email to to get an application form in pdf.  

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) is pleased to announce the KCCNA Research Travel Grants to assist Korean Studies students and scholars worldwide in their use of specialized library resources at the thirteen KCCNA member universities.  Funded by generous grants from the Korea Foundation for three years from 2018-2020, this research travel grant program is open to anyone in the world except for those in Korea who already have access to extensive Korean resources. See the list of members and their specialized collections at  The proposal deadline for the current cycle is January 31, 2019.

1. Description and Purpose

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) was created in 1992 with generous grants from the Korea Foundation. Its members cooperatively develop and share specialized Korean Studies scholarly resources and provide library services to a wider audience beyond their own communities. Current membership consists of the thirteen largest Korean Studies academic libraries in the US and Canada.  The KCCNA Research Travel Grants program was created to assist scholars who need to travel a long distance in order to access the resources and services of KCCNA member libraries.  

2. Eligibility

This program is open to anyone in the world except for those in Korea who already have access to extensive Korean resources.

3. Selection Criteria

While we will consider all applications based on the strengths of the research proposal and the target library’s overall ability to support the research, applications that address the following criteria will receive preferential review:

Describe how your research topic (on Korea or Koreans) can benefit from KCCNA’s specialized resources, along with a list of the specific resources you wish to use, including the links or the call numbers if applicable.
The need for onsite research at the target library (why that particular library and not elsewhere?)
Justifications for travel for access (any other means for access such as online or ILL?)
4. Participating Libraries in 2019

Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Hawaii, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Washington

5. Awards

The grant amount will be up to $1,500 for a scholar who needs to travel within continental North America, and up to $2,500 for scholars overseas or those to/from Hawaii.

6. Schedule for 2019

January 31: Deadline for applications
March 15: Notification of awards
August 31: Deadline for the use of the grant
7. Requirements for the Grant Recipients

Submit a brief activity report ( and an expense report with receipts within two weeks of the research visit.
Works resulting from the KCCNA Research Grant must acknowledge the grant in all publications and/or presentations.
Gift copies of all publications resulting from the grant must be submitted to the host Library.
If this is not possible, citations must be reported to KCCNA and to the host Library.

8. Logistics

Applications will be accepted in English or Korean.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of KCCNA librarians.
Visit schedules must be coordinated with the host librarian.
Grant awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis based on appropriate receipts. Reimbursable expenses include: airfares, ground transportation to/from the airport, and lodging. All other expenses will not be eligible for reimbursement.
The Consortium or the host library will not provide any assistance for visas.
9. Application Form and Deadline

Applications will be accepted online

Deadline: January 31, 2019

10. Inquiries

KCCNA Research Travel Grants Committee (Chair - Joy Kim, University of Southern California)



Watanabe Scholarship

Applications for the 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Program are available now! This program provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to USJC makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 2019 marks the second year to support American students studying abroad in Japan, and the fourth year for Japanese students studying abroad in the United States. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2019 at 11:59pm.